Crazy game against England… |
World Cup worries after Wembley madness!
What a wild Wembley interplay between World Cup desire and frustration!
After a 2-0 lead, Germany played 3-3 against England. Three days after the embarrassing bankruptcy against Hungary (0:1) we say goodbye to the Nations League. Our last serious test before the start of the World Cup in 57 days against Japan.
The Wembley madness with six goals. The best news: Musiala starts and takes his chance, Havertz saves us the draw with a brace. From only four chances to score we make three goals.
Positive: National coach Hansi Flick (57) lets Jamal Musiala (19) start in his second home. A dream has come true for Bayern’s super talent (four goals in six games this season). Musiala, who also played twice for the England U21s before he decided to join the DFB: “England is my second home. As a boy it was always a dream to play at Wembley.”
Strong: Musiala gets the penalty to make it 1-0 through Gündogan (53′), wins the decisive duel before Havertz counterattacks to make it 2-0 (67′).
Musiala has already proven in the Bundesliga (four goals in six games this season) that he can break up tight defensive bulwarks with quick dribbles and movements.
Consequence: Flick can hardly get past Musiala for the first eleven.
Weak: Despite a 2-0 lead, there are still three goals conceded. The English strike back through Shaw (72′), Mount (75′) and Kane (83′).
Reason to worry about the World Cup: The defensive botch about the back four with Raum, Schlotterbeck, Süle and Kehrer. Schlotterbeck owes the Kane penalty.
Luckily Havertz saves us with his late equalizer (87th).
Under special observation: Joshua Kimmich (on the double six with Gündogan). Most recently, Philipp Lahm (38) criticized Kimmich as a weak point: “I think he needs to work on his mindset a bit. He can still work a bit on defensive duels.” At Wembley, Kimmich played solidly and gave us our first real chance to score (45+2).
New substitute ter Stegen, who, among other things, defused a world-class Sterling shot (25th), is the best man of the first half. One thing is clear: there is still a lot of work to be done before the start against Japan.
Lothar Matthäus on RTL: “Actually, you can’t be satisfied from a German point of view. The substitutions of the English were poison for the German team. We couldn’t handle the fast dribbles.”
►Italy advance to the finals in our group after beating Hungary 2-0.